We’ve all heard of distracted driving, but distracted dining? One Los Angeles restaurant thinks talking and tapping away at phones during meals is a big enough problem that they’re offering customers a 5% discount to turn in their phones before being seated. The owner of Eva Restaurant, Mark Gold, says it’s not even about annoying other guests; it’s about creating the right ambiance. “Eva is home, and we want to create that environment of home, and we want people to connect again,” Gold says. It’s rare to see technology use discouraged these days – in fact it’s quite the opposite. Businesses plaster their windows with stickers advertising their Facebook and Twitter accounts and encourage customers to check in on Four Square and give good reviews on Yelp. As technology continues to become faster, more mobile and more prevalent, I wonder if this kind of backlash will become more common. Would you give up your phone for a discount or extra service?
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 20, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).